Star Wars The Force Awakens Black Series Stormtrooper 002

Late last year, images of Star Wars The Force Awakens Black Series Prototypes briefly surfaced online. Those prototypes were unpainted. Recently however, a loose Force Awakens Black Series Stormtrooper sample turned up for auction by eBay user viperskingdom. The auction has ended but you can check the 6″ figure out here!

UPDATE:
A new Ebay Listing has popped up and is live now. You can see it by Clicking Here.

SH Figuarts Darth Maul 002

Who is the next addition to the Star Wars SH Figuarts lineup? None other than Darth Maul! Image comes from the Cybergundam Facebook page. Read on to check out SH Figuarts Darth Maul!

UPDATE:
Tag Hobby has added even more photos. They give us a great look at Darth Maul and Luke Skywalker. Check them out after the jump.

SH Figuarts DBZ Golden Frieza and God Super Saiyan Goku 001

Tag Hobby has posted a new magazine scan which reveals SH Figuarts Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku & SH Figuarts Golden Frieza from the recent Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F movie! Both are TamashiiWeb exclusives in Japan, retailing for 4,536 yen each and planned for release in October. No word on if Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA will be bringing these stateside but stay tuned!

UPDATED:
Forum member Tiberius pointed us to better images from the Dragon Ball S.H.Figuarts Facebook Page.

Read on to check them out!

Max Factory Tenkai Knights 01

Max Factory showed off 2 of their upcoming Tenkai Knights model kits at the Spring 2015 Miyazawa Models Exhibition. These are more accurate and feature more articulation than their Spin Master building-block counterparts. Both are due out later this year.

Images mirrored here are from Dengeki Hobby, read on to check them out!

Evolution Toy VF 2SS Valkyrie II 03

Evolution Toy has revealed their upcoming 1/60 VF-2SS Valkyrie II at the Spring 2015 Miyazawa Models Exhibition.The VF-2SS was the primary mecha seen in Macross II: Lovers Again. This reveal comes as a surprise, as there haven’t been many VF-2SS’ made in any form. There’s only been a 1/100 plastic model kit, 1/250 gashapon and a couple garage kits made of the VF-2SS. This will be the very 1st VF-2SS toy.

Evolution Toy plans to release their 1/60 VF-2SS in Autumn for 25,000 yen. Images from Dengeki Hobby are mirrored here, read on to check them out!

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Sorry for the delay folks, here are our latest answers to questions we submitted for the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A.

Out of curiousity, do Total Heroes Ultra figures cost more to tool than a Club Infinite Earths figure?

It depends on the figure, but it is not the tooling, it is the production cost that is lower due to less deco and articulation on the TH figures. This is why Signature Series figures are 25.00 and THU are 20.00.

I have to ask this. Is Mattycollector not allowing 3rd Party sales of Figures purchased in Early Access? and if So why? It seems as if you do not want the DC Collectors to get the figures and you are trying to stop them simply because they didn’t want the MOTU Sub.

Once a customer purchases a product, they are welcome to save it, play with it or resell it at their discretion. Once the item leaves our facility we have no control over what a customer chooses to do with their toy.

For the Super Powers figures, each figure uses existing tooling, they are just repaints. We get that the average DC figure at MattyCollector is $20+ but some of those figures feature unique tooling, like Huntress and many others., Shouldn’t the Super Powers figures be cheaper due to just being repaints?

It is not the tooling that determines this, it is the production cost in terms of plastic and paint that physically make up a figure and this cost for a 6″ figure is pretty standard whether it is a redeco or a new figure. It would waiver more if said figure had larger parts like giant armor, wings or a tail because this would mean the figure needs more plastic and paint overall. The production run is also a factor and the fewer figures we make, the more expensive they are to produce. In 2014, Signature Series figures are $25.00 (not $20), the SP figures are priced higher at $30.00 due to the inclusion of a C&C piece, larger packaging and smaller production runs.

The 200X line had some neat variations such as Snake Armor He Man and the arctic He Man with spear. Have you considered these variations for the MOTUC line(I ask this because we already have some Snake Men in the line)?

Those would definitely be cool variants. Whether or not they will make the line remains to be seen. Our latest reveals will be at SDCC 2014 during our fan panel on Friday at 11:00 in room 25ABC.

When Club Infinite Earths comes to a close, will you be willing to show the 4H concepts/fgures that never made it? Kind of like a “concept vault”?

Likely not. While this would be cool there are often mitigating factors preventing us from doing something like this.

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Welcome to another round of the MattyCollector Q&A! Here’s the latest set of answers:

For Total Heroes Ultra we’ve got a Green Lantern set, how long before we see Red and Yellow Lantern sets?

Should the Ultra version of Total Heroes do well we’d love to get to more Lantern colors in this line. It is all in fan/customer’s hands as we see how well the 2014 items do and whether we can do more in 2015!

Recently you revealed the SDCC exclusive Arkham Knight Batmobile. Thus far, is this the only vehicle planned for the DC Multiverse line? Also, why does it cost $85? That’s even more than the 1966 Batmobile at Toys R Us and that one might be larger.

You will need to ask the DC retail team. This Q&A can only cover items from the Mattycollector.com team, and for SDCC that includes our Hordak and Doomsday figures. All of the other SDCC items are from each brand’s retail team. Reps from the DC retail team should be at SDCC or you can always catch them online! (Editors note: we have tried on more than 1 occasion to get in contact with the DC retail team but have yet to receive a response).

The upcoming Super Powers figures retail for $30. Why do they cost this much when they are almost all repaints of existing figures?

n 2014, a standard 6″ DC figure on Mattycollector.com (i.e. Auqaman, Ice) retails for $25.00. The SP figures have larger cards and include a Kalibak piece. This pushes them to $30.00. One of the reasons the figures are a little higher priced is do to the very small run. The smaller the run, the higher the price per unit and that costs goes forward to the consumer.

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It’s the middle of the month and we’ve received our answers from the latest round of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A.

We’ve seen figures with swappable heads in Total Heroes Ultra and coupled with more accessories, we can see how this justifies their higher than retail pricepoint. Is it outside the realm of possibility to have larger figures with the Total Heroes Ultra pricepoint? For example, Clahyface, Doomsday, Arkillo, et al. Or is it limited by what body bucks are made for the regular retail line?

For the THU figures we offer on Mattycollector.com, doing larger figs is certainly something we would love to tackle but we need to see how the basic figures perform first before expanding.

Provided that you still have the DC toy license in 2016, are Superman/Batman Movie Masters in the realm of possibility?

2016 is just too far off for us to comment right now.

Castle Greyskull was impressive not just as a toy but the fact that it was even made. Has a new Starship Eternia toy ever been considered?

Considering that NA consistently is the poorest selling “faction”, doing a large Epic item for this faction is highly unlikely. But hey, you never know!

When nearly the entire cast of MOTU has been made into MOTUC, will you consider making 200X based MOTUC figures? This may sound like beating a dead horse but those 4H figures from 2002 struck a chord with fans and the only thing making them dated(in this editor’s opinion) is the lack of full articulation. If new figures based on those designs were made, it would be like the 4H coming full circle with MOTU, since those were the 1st MOTU figures that they worked on.

Not at this time. We may do some 200X inspired heads or characters from the show in Classics style, but there are no plans for a full 200X revision line in that style. Honestly, there is just too much tooling involved!

Remember to post your MattyCollectgor 2014 Q&A questions here!

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Welcome to another around of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Here are answers to questions we sent off in mid-April.

Ever consider making a bigger Collect n Connect Hall Of Justice by adding additional parts to the existing CnC Hall Of Justice from the Young Justice line?

We have talked about a HOJ for years but at this point nothing has come to fruition. Without the support to do the basic full year 6″ subscription, it maybe difficult to tackle larger items like this right now. We really needed to start with the basic sub and work up like MOTUC does. With DCU not hitting the basic 6” figure monthly sub, hitting larger items becomes a little difficult. Not that we wouldn’t love to!

You guys have the 6″ scale covered for MOTUC. With 4″ being a classic scale still popular with older collectors, have you considered making 4″ MOTUC figures?

We are always looking into new scales and form factors for MOTU! Nothing to confirm now but great ideas!

Will there be a total heroes Ultra action figure five-pack of the new 52 crime syndicate anytime soon and are there any plans to release the total heroes blank customizable action figure which was shown at NYCC last year?

At this time “no” to both of those questions. Batman Beyond won the fan choice vote so he will be the one produced.

How many points of articulation Mr Mxyzptlk will have?

The head and shoulders. But he does come with the largest piece of Kalibak, the head and torso.

I am curious about how the DC team decides what is a good idea, and what is not.

For example, I see oodles of the new 5-6″ DC figures [Batman, Supeerman, Aquaman, ect] but obviously with the design they are aimed at children. But with the 14.99 price tag I can’t see many parents buying them any of those.

For this you will need to talk to the DC retail team. This Q&A is for the online product offered on Mattycollector.com and we can only answer questions related to product we work on. Mattel makes thousands of SKUS every year and not every team works on every product!

Remember to post your MattyCollector 2014 Q&A questions here!

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Welcome to another addition of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A. Here we present you answers to questions we sent off last month. Without further ado, here we go:

Ok How are you going to push a club through when you did not get 100% you told DC Fans they would not get their club but when the March club fell short you pushed through any way. Why?

The DC club had 63%, that is REALLY far from the 97% that Club Etheria ended with. Had the DC club only been shy 1 or 2 points off like POP was we would likely have gone forward. But at 63% we are almost 40% short. That is just way too short to cut it! Big difference between 97% of a goal and 63% of a goal!

Would Azrael Batman be a more likely fit for Total Heroes Ultra than the mainline Total Heroes line? I ask this due to the amount of new tooling needed(mask or new head, cape/wings, armor, et al)

Right now we don’t have any plans beyond the 4 announced 2014 figs so you would need to ask the retail team on any specifics on their 2015 line!

Any special figures planned to honor Harold Ramis?

Toy Guru did post this blog:

http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2361004165/m/5381012468

Ever think about re-releasing Man-At-Arms with a huge arsenal of weapons, like the weapons packs from before but repainted?

That would be cool, but at the earliest maybe 2016 as our focus is on the A list and vintage figs for the next 2 years. Reissues or 2.0’s with more articulation or accessories will need to wait.

Before the decision to end Club Infinite Earths, did the 4H experiment behind the scenes with ways to hide the pins on joints? For example, the exposed pin joints on the knees and elbows.

We did this on our Swampthing and Batman 8″ figures.

Remember to post your MattyCollector Q&A questions here!